Sunday, November 25, 2012

Barb Moskowitz and Printing

Although many customers at Moe's Books did not know her, the store would not exist without Barb Moskowitz. Besides being an ardent supporter of Moe's sense of fun and hard work, this Stanford graduate born in 1922 was the daughter of the engineer William Wesley Hicks, who invented the first electric heater. She started Moe's Books with Moe Moskowitz over 50 years ago. She was a founder of Walden School here in Berkeley and taught printing to the little kids, including her own children. Her interests included politics, books, and education, but her real hobby was printing. Along with being Moe's partner for the whole history of Moe's Books, keeping everything running behind the scenes, she kept her trays of type and her beautiful press in our basement. It was wonderful. People often fondly remember their time in her print studio, recalling her careful attention to their work and her warmth.  According to Peter Koch of the Codex Foundation, it was in the 1990s that she donated her press to the San Francisco Center for the Book. I miss examining fonts with her!

Enjoy these photos...

Barb laying type...

Her press

Moe Moskowitz's business card before he became a bookseller

Moe & Barb's wedding announcement

The store's earliest buying policy

A sampler of children's poems that they printed themselves with Barb's help in 1963

A poem by Alison Stevens, Barb's daughter from her first marriage

Barb's spare ribs recipe, "printed and eaten iin Goudy, O. S."

Barb in a field in 1950

Bookstore party 1969

Barb in 2000
Thank You, mom.
Love, Doris

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